We are very fortunate to have a full-time Student Support Officer in Mrs Harvey. Mrs Harvey is a tremendous asset to the Sixth Form her warm and caring personality make her extremely approachable. Our current students are incredibly fond of Mrs Harvey and speak very highly of her. She is available for all Year 12 and 13 students all day everyday. She enjoys the varied aspects of the role, but most importantly, loves spending time with young people and sharing the journey they experience throughout Year 12 and 13. She is with our students every step of the way whether it is celebrating a recent success, helping to find a work experience placement or offering advice if you are finding an aspect of Sixth Form challenging.
On a day to day basis students are also well supported by their Form Tutor. We have an experienced and dedicated team of expert 6th Form Tutors who develop excellent relationships with their tutees. Tutors are there to support all aspects of Sixth Form including: transition from Year 11 to Year 12, mentoring, monitoring academic progress and also supporting students through applying to university or apprenticeships. Overseeing the Tutor Team is the Assistant Director of Sixth Form, Mrs Mannion. She is an experienced Sixth Form leaders who is knowledgeable and care about giving every student the very best possible opportunities and experience.
Through the school Well-Being Centre we also have the services of a school counsellor who works with students of all ages in school. Students really value the services of the school counsellor, students find her approachable and easy to talk to. Where students are referred into this service they receive on average six sessions of support.
Meet the Team
Mrs Kowalewski, Assistant Head - Director of Sixth Form
Mrs Harvey, Sixth Form Student Support Lead
I’m Mrs Harvey, and I am part of the Sixth Form team. I have been working with young people for over 12 years and love the energy and excitement that they bring to each day.
You can usually find me in my office which is based within the Sixth Form centre. I am always available to listen and to support our young people. Studying A levels can be a challenging experience even beyond the academic pressures this presents. My role is to work with individual students and the wider Sixth Form community to ensure every student gets the support they need to grow in confidence, to flourish and to succeed at Denmark Road.
I work with students for a variety of reasons including academic mentoring and pastoral support. This could include developing positive working habits and developing skills in planning and organisation. It could be on a personal level, offering that much needed listening ear. Throughout my years there has been one incontrovertible constant: Any issue, whether big or small, can be overcome by working through it together. I am here to do just that.
Vicki Mannion: Assistant Director of Sixth Form
I love my job! I’m proud to be able to work with my exceptional tutor team to support our young people through two of the most important, challenging and exciting years of their lives.
Our Sixth Form values the individual
In my role I have been privileged to work with our Sixth Form students to design and deliver a tutor programme that is bespoke to their needs. This has included study skills, mentoring, competitions and our highly successful stress-busting programme. These mindfulness sessions culminated in the inaugural ‘de-stress afternoon' where the whole of Sixth Form took the opportunity to try new activities, go for lunch, play sport or in one particular case teach their pet to snowboard!
Developing student leaders
The Sixth Form is a close-knit community where everyone feels welcome. We encourage, develop and support our students to take the initiative and explore opportunities they are interested in. That could be becoming a house captain or prefect, finding a top work experience placement, arranging a sports tour or succeeding in gaining a place at the best university or apprenticeship for them.
I love what I do and ensure that I have my own ways to de-stress. My favourite past-times include representing Swindon Hockey Ladies 1sts every Saturday - come rain or shine - or simply enjoying family time being kept on my toes by my daughters, Amelie, who is four and Gracie who is nearly one.
Medic society at DRSF encompasses the world of medicine, (from being a doctor, nurse, physio or dentist within the NHS, as well as Veterinary Science). The aim of our meetings are to generate an interest in Medicine so students can learn what it’s all about before deciding whether to go ahead and apply. Part of the meetings help students plan their approach to write a successful application. We provide a platform where students can share ideas and concerns around the medical world as Ethics and NHS Hot Topics. We help secure a worthwhile work experience (a requirement for any course in medicine.) and focus on preparing for external exams such as UCAT.
The meetings are held fortnightly and run by teachers and students to foster a spirit of independent learning as well key tem work skills, making sure we foster organisational ability, leadership and presentation skills. Speakers from the world of medicine are invited and we learn from them, recently speakers have covered radiography, haematology as well as current medical students.
In preparation for a successful application to a college at Oxford or Cambridge your son or daughter will part of the Step Up process. Step up is Denmark Road High School working with New College Oxford to make a successful OXBRIDGE application. During Step Up we will focus on how to read critically and how to engage with current topics with their chosen field. As a school we provide up-to-date reading lists to take them beyond their current curriculum. Step Up will also run an in school personal statement session, as well as an interview preparation time with a member of the admissions team; they also provide assistance for any tests that may be taken as part of their application. In school we run bespoke personal statements sessions, personal one to one practice interview, and support in preparing/ revising for any assessments. Each applicant is treated as an individual, and we help and advise according to need. We also encourage students to apply for external essay competitors which add value to their application, and invite back ex Denmark Road students who have made successful applications to inspire and help our own students apply.
In 2021 our Sixth form students were very successful in securing not only places at university but also apprenticeships, employment as well-deserved gap years. Out of the students who did not go onto to university at the end of Year 13, 87% have applied to UCAS via our school (and with our advice) this academic year (2020-2021).
At the end of Year 13 in 2021, 86% went on to University (at 34 different institutions) including 44% to Russell group universities and 11% as Medics, Vets and Dentists. 12% had a gap year and 2% gained a higher level apprenticeship. Within the university applications 87% secured their firm choice, 5% achieved their insurance choice, with only 5 students needing to use clearing to secure the course of their choice.
In 2021 Cardiff University was the most popular with 16 successful applications made. The most popular course was Psychology with 7 students going to study this subject at a variety of different institutions.